We are requesting that residents remain vigilant in all areas of town that were impacted by the tornado and report any and all suspicious or criminal activity to the Grundy County Sheriff’s Department.  Please observe and provide vehicle description as well as the description of subjects involved if possible.  However, we request that you do not confront the subjects, simply observe and immediately report to the sheriff’s department.

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Please refer to the following information for questions, assistance and guidance as we rebuild from the tornado

For More information on the decisions made at the April 8th Meeting regarding distribution of tornado funds, please click here.
Please visit Catholic Charities- Diocese of Joliet to get more information on free counseling services, as well as assistance with food, housing, financial support, transportation, home repairs, household supplies, and more.  Call 815-724-1198 for more information.

Diamond Town Hall Meeting Wednesday, April 9th at 6:00 p.m. at Diamond Banquet Hall.  The purpose of this meeting is to address questions, concerns, or misunderstandings pertaining to rebuilding and repairing tornado damaged homes in an effort to make the rebuilding process easier for residents.  Among the topics to be discussed is the building code, what is required, and what the village can and cannot do.  Questions regarding all aspects of the rebuilding process will be welcomed and answered.  We would like to see at least 200+ of our tornado impacted residents and their contractors in attendance.

 

The President issued a disaster declaration for Grundy County and Will County as a result of the tornadoes that struck our area.  Individuals and businesses may apply directly to FEMA for various forms of assistance.  People may apply via phone at 800-621-FEMA or through their website,http://disasterassistance.gov  What to be prepared for with FEMA | FEMA information | Beware of Disaster-Related Fraud | Under-insured can register for Federal Disaster Assistance
FEMA Flyer Information English | Spanish

 

Governor Quinn Announces Federal Aid

Ready Illinois Fact Sheets: http://www.illinois.gov/ready/Press/Documents/Nov_TornadoReliefFund.pdf

Ready Illinois contacts: http://www.illinois.gov/ready/Press/Documents/Nov_Tornado_POC.pdf

News Release 12/11/13 – Governor Pat Quinn today announced more than $1 million in federal aid has been approved to date to help people and households affected by the Nov. 17 tornadoes and severe storms. Federal grants totaling $1.06 million thus far will help with disaster-related expenses such as temporary home rental, home repairs and replacement of damaged personal property items.

 

“These grants are helping people put their lives back together after the deadly tornadoes,” Governor Quinn said. “This federal aid is critical to the recovery process and I appreciate the Obama Administration’s efforts to accelerate needed relief to people affected by the tornadoes. I urge everyone who suffered damage or loss to register for federal aid today.”

 

Anyone affected by the Nov. 17 tornadoes and severe storms is encouraged to register for federal assistance. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which administers the assistance program, has a toll-free telephone number 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) (for hearing and speech impaired) to apply for assistance. Registration also can be done online at disasterassistance.gov or by smartphone or tablet at m.fema.gov. The deadline to register for federal disaster aid is Jan. 27, 2014.

 

In addition to FEMA grants, disaster survivors may be eligible for low-interest loans through the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), which were also made available under the federal disaster declaration.

 

For more information about locations of the DRCs and Diamond assistance center, visit Ready.Illinois.gov.

 

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Has the tornado left you displaced or without employment and you haven’t received assistance?  Please call the Village of Diamond so you can be helped with the many resources that are available. (815) 634-8149

 

**Any Business that is interested in employing displaced workers, please contact Terry Kernc at the Village of Diamond: (815) 634-8149 x13**

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For homeowners in affected areas:

    • -Report suspicious activity to law enforcemen
    • -Make sure your contractor is registered with the Village | Approved Contractors 12-3
    • -Please read the manufacturer’s warranty before allowing your contractor to install shingles in freezing temperatures.

 

 

Information from Attorney General (Home Repair and Construction)

 

Illinois Home Repair and Remodeling Act (Public Act ILCS 513/1)


Tax Relief Information for Victims of Severe Storms

    • *For more information or to enroll in a ComEd assistance program, call 1-888-806-2273, or visit the website ComEd.Com/CARE

 

Agencies that are providing various types of assistance:

As of 12/16/13 any families impacted by the tornado are encouraged to go We Care of Grundy County (815-942-6389) to access supplies that were donated. Residents will need to provide proof of residency and state they were impacted by the tornado.

 

Having difficulty paying utility bills?  Residents impacted by the tornado can seek assistance from Saint Vincent DePaul, Joliet Diocese. Please call Assumption Church at 815-634-0989, if there is no answer, leave a message and someone will get back in touch with you.

Catholic Charities, Diocese of Joliet 815-724-1198 | Catholic Charities Services

 

Illinois Small Business Development Center-Contact SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955, emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov, or visiting SBA’s Web site at www.sba.gov. Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals may call (800) 877-8339. Applicants may also apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure Web site at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela 

SBA News | SBA Factsheet | Disaster Loans for Homeowners, Renters and Businesses SBA Can Help

 

Community Foundation of Grundy County 815-941-0852

 

Realtors Relief Foundation | Illinois Association of Realtors Website | Application for Disaster Relief Assistance 

 

Grundy County Health Department 815-941-3113

 

Secretary of State | Waiver of Fees for Replacement of Driver’s License, Identification Card, Vehicle Title, Vehicle Registration

 

American Red Cross 312-729-6258 (24-hr dispatch number)

 

Coal City Clothes Closet 815-634-5248

 

Coal City School District #1  (Transportation, Emotional Needs, Supply Needs)
-Early Childhood Center – Abby Dimitrijevic 815-634-5042 ext. 1004
-Elementary School – CJ Dzuiban 815-634-2334 ext. 1206
-Intermediate School – Kailee Marketti 815-634-2182 ext. 1413
-Middle School – Cealy DePersia 815-634-5039 ext. 1608
-High School – Ashley Wagner 815-634-2396 ext. 1809

 

Coal City Tornado Disaster Information:  Link

 

Coal Bin Self Storage, 655 S. Marguerite St. Coal City

Offering free storage for tornado victims if they bring in their insurance number, insurance claim #, and driver’s license. They will bill their insurance for the storage.
For questions about garbage pickup - Heartland Disposal at (815) 942-5851.

 

Current donation options:

Several families had vehicles destroyed in the tornado. They only had liability so the cars were not covered by insurance. Currently there is no assistance available to them. Anyone wishing to donate directly to them, or wishing to donate a used vehicle to any of them, please contact the mayor.

Mazon State Bank, 2315 E. Division St., Diamond, IL 60416 has set up a fund for tornado victims (815-634-2777)

Community Foundation of Grundy County www.cfgrundycounty.com (815-941-0852)

The Fishing for a Cure 2014 team bass tournament will be held on Saturday, April 19 on Braidwood Lake. Complete details including rules and entry forms will be available in mid- January. Visit www.exeloncorp.com/fishing for more information.

 

Thank You:

Message from Mayor Kernc | Link

Message about what donations are being used for (updated 12-26) | Link